Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Rivals Square Off

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Rivals Square Off

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RICHMOND Rovers have confidence while Lismore Thistles are unpredictable in attack.

The stage has been set for a classic derby tomorrow. Thistles Park, East Lismore is the venue for Football FNC's men's premier league match of the round.

The traditional Rovers game of fast counters and getting the ball forward as quickly as possible has been replaced by more ball movement and patience from the back.

aWe don't need to rush the ball forward. We just need to keep the ball moving quickly, especially from the backs to our midfield,a new coach Brian Bugden said. aBut I rate this as a real danger game for us. If Thistles turn up switched on, they can be one of the best sides in the league.a

Rovers go into the derby on the back of a 6-0 flogging of Ballina last week, while Thistles have hit form after a slow start, scoring eight goals and conceding none in their past two starts.

aWe're finally getting some stability into the side but this game is a big test for us,a Thistles coach Paul Parmenter said. …

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